Updated Nighttime Skincare Routine
My skincare routine changes a lot, especially because it seems like I'm always trying a new product. So I didn't exactly have a routine until now! I feel like I have nailed down what works for my skin, some of these products are really new to my routine but they have been working wonders for my skin so I wanted to share them with you. I saw a post from Tiffany Masterson (btw she's from Houston like me!), founder of Drunk Elephant, where she said that there is no "skin type" and now I that I have really upped my skin care routine I couldn't agree more! I have always produced more oil in my t-zone and I still feel like skin produces more oil than other people but instead of attacking my skin I have been nourishing it.
My skin now feels more balanced than ever before and I now I understand why. I was using alcohol based toners, using Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide (not that these two are bad) basically stripping my skin of moisture and not adding moisture back. When my skin was on the dry side, I was using products that contained silicones, which only made me reach for more product without relieving my dry cheeks. I also believed that moisturizing was bad for my pores and oils only congested my skin even more but sadly I was just using the wrong products or wrong "ingredients" for my skin. So below is my updated routine and coming from someone that has used Medium to Full coverage makeup my whole life I can say with confidence now that I have been loving my skin more and more lately. After starting this journey, focusing more on skincare rather than covering up my real skin I have learned to listen to my skin and give it what it wants.
The number 1 update to my skincare routine that has made a world of a difference: not using just a makeup remover to remove my makeup. Now I just like to use makeup wipes to remove waterproof makeup and get the top layer of makeup off before I wash my face.
Step 1: I wash my face with my favorite Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser and my new Foreo Luna Fofo. I can use the Luna Fofo (the Luna Fofo is not out yet but I linked a similar one for you!) day and night because it feels super gentle on my skin. The Rosehip cleanser doesn't lather as much but trust me when I say you will get an effective cleanse, you don't need a lather!
Step 2: After gently patting my face dry I use the Dr. Dennis Gross Universal Alpha Beta Peels, this is a two step peel process. Don't be afraid of the word "peel" this is actually very gentle and there is one formulated for sensitive skin, you can find it here. (If you want to try the Peel pads first, I found a small pack here). The first step is to exfoliate and smooth, you wait two minutes and then the second step is an anti-aging neutralizer. The Alpha Beta peels are new to my skincare routine but they are life changing, my skin glows after I use this. I feel like the Alpha Beta peels are gentle enough for me to use every day because I have done so and I thankfully had no irritation. Lately, I have just been using this every other day or every two days depending on my skin needs.
Step 3: I let my skin completely dry after the Alpha Beta peels and then I follow with the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask (depending on how bad my dark circles and under eye bags are), I'll leave the mask on for 10 minutes then wipe it off and follow with my eye cream. I am actually using two eye creams right now. I use my Olehenriksen Banana Bright eye cream which helps to depuff and lighten up my dark circles. I also use Drunk Elephant's C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream which helps with firming up my skin and when I put it in the fridge is amazing at depuffing my eye bags. I alternate between these two eye creams because I love them both! The difference? I feel like the Banana Bright eye cream does a better job at lightening up my dark circles and C-Tango Eye cream works better at firming up my skin.
Step 4: I follow with my favorite moisturizer, the Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream, this cream feels so luxe when I apply it and makes my skin feel plump. I love how the Protini cream helps me dispense 1 pump without wasting product, 1 pump is more than enough for the whole face. I then follow with 2 pumps of the the Dr. Dennis Gross Neck Emulsion, I needed to add a Retinol to my skincare routine and I'm still trying this one out so I will let you know how it works for me.
Step 4: The last step in my routine is adding an oil. You guys already know how much I love my Argan oil by Josie Maran and I am currently trying out two oils. The first oil is the Sunday Riley Juno antioxidant oil. Juno is a bit on the heavier side but I love how it absorbs and gives me moisturized glowing skin in the morning. If my skin is feeling dry or dehydrated I reach for Juno. The second oil that I have been enjoying is Drunk Elephant's Virgin Marula oil, also an antioxidant oil that contains Omega 6 and 9. The Virgin Marula oil is super lightweight and I love reaching for this when my skin is feeling a bit congested and dull.
Step 5: If I'm being really extra I'll use my Rose Quartz facial roller, similar one here. I keep my facial roller in the fridge, it helps my products penetrate and also helps with inflammation. Facial rolling is the perfect last step in my skincare routine because it is relaxing and calming.
So there you have it, my night time skincare routine. I want to add that I don't do this every night, I might skip a step here and there but when I go through my whole skincare routine I notice that I wake up to glowing skin. Don't feel bad if you don't have a million steps in your routine, the important thing is to use products that work to balance your skin. These products have done wonders to balance my skin and I no longer feel like I have a "skin type." I now feel like I have days when my pores are more congested or my under eye bags are puffier than other days, or oilier etc. but overall my skin has been more balanced.
What is your favorite part of your skincare routine? Let me know!